Deb get's technical! 

Deb is going on a MTB holiday to the Atlas Mt's and while she is out there she will be getting in over 6000m of exhilarating descents. She mainly rides her local trails at Swinley Forest and she has bags of confidence but wanted to improve her technical ability. We put together a one and a half day program for her based around a full day of skills development and a half day coaching session on the Blade trail descent in to Glyncorrwg. 

She stayed at the superb Afan Lodge where our Skills Area is located and so we had great facilities on site for the coaching but also easy access to the trails too.

We started off developing her riding looking at moving around the bike more and also developing her pumping and manuals too. Using the i pad for feedback she was able to progress really well.

Before long we were working on the drops we have there.

We finished off the first day with a quick run down the finish to the Penhydd trail, with the rock drops and loose surface this section is nice and technical and was just the rifle level to push Deb's comfort zone out on the trail. She did really well and she managed to ride it using some of the new skills we had developed in the morning.

A coffee and quick de brief before a good nights rest at the lodge and she was ready for the 2nd day! 

We rode up the Sustran's route to the start of Deadwood on the Blade trail and then had a great ride down 'The Rock' and 'Happy Life' sections looking at the more technical bits before Deb had a go a riding them.

We also had some stunning views of the Afan Valley too when we had time to look around!

 She really used the skills from day one well and rode all the main features really well.

These sections of trail are really good for getting a more real 'mountain' feel to your riding. Down at the centre we popped in to the Skyline Cafe for a great coffee and flapjack! Deb has some great skills to develop now before her holiday that will let her  really enjoy all that descending!

Ally & Bob  

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